NYC Has Fewest Shootings Ever Last Year

January 4, 2017 Updated: January 4, 2017

NEW YORK—New York City recorded its fewest number of shootings last year and narrowly missed setting a record low for homicides.

According to data released Wednesday, there were 335 homicides in 2016. The city’s record low was 333 in 2014.

Police officials say there were 998 shooting incidents in 2016, and overall crime was also at its lowest.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill says the numbers “are not by accident.” He says it’s the result of careful police strategies and increased work with communities.

Modern record keeping began in the late 1990s with the creation of the department’s crime-tracking data system.